Greetings Everyone,

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 (NKJV).

Here, Paul, by the Spirit of God, reveals something to us and that is that, all of creation is waiting for us! According to one bible commentary, the words “earnest expectation” (Greek-apokaradokia ) means to watch with the neck outstretched and the head erect.

It is time for the sons (and daughters) of God to be manifest. It’s time for the people of God, to come out of the closet! To manifest, means to show forth, to make apparent, and to make obvious. Is it obvious that you are a Christian? This world and all its inhabitants are in desperate need for God’s people to show themselves forth. Creation needs us, people need us, and society needs us to become obvious Christians.

All of creation needs the righteousness that God gives us, the love that He has shed abroad in our hearts, the prayers that we can pray, the good works that we can bring forth and all of the blessedness of the salvation that we have received through Christ.

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he refers to the children of God as soldiers. A soldier, he says, works for the one that enlisted him, endures hardship if necessary, and does not entangle himself in the affairs of this life.

As we live out this Christian life, it becomes necessary for us to separate ourselves from the world. Not that we should not associate with the world, but that we should not participate with them in either sinful and/or at the very least, questionable practices or language (speech). The bible refers to this as consecration. This simply means that we don’t participate in worldly ways or practices.

Why do we do this? It is because we are in service to God and His Christ. It is because we want to please God and be useful to Him as His child.

People of God, let us do those things that are pleasing in His sight, all for the sake of His Kingdom and the salvation of others.

Let us live our lives in such a way that it will be obvious to the people of the world, that we belong to another Kingdom and that we have a King, and His name is Jesus.

May God’s grace and peace overwhelm you and enable you to follow Him with all of your heart.

Pastor Dave

About David Marquard

Pastor David received the Lord as a young married man in 1976, and, after serving for a number of years in various capacities as a lay leader in his church, he left the business world and entered pastoral ministry in 1994. He was ordained in December of 1995 as an associate pastor of Faith Christian Center in Seekonk, MA where he took over as senior pastor in 2000. In 2010, Pastor David and his wife Ann began a new church work in North Smithfield, RI, which was known as Impact Church. In 2015 Impact Church merged with Praise Tabernacle of Cranston, RI and became a satellite location of Praise Tabernacle. Pastor David believes strongly in the power God’s Word has to positively change lives and equip people to make a difference in the world around them. With his supportive wife of 42 years they have raised three children and have three grandchildren. They currently reside in Lincoln, RI and are both lifelong RI residents.
  • - April 5, 2019